VNUNet reports that the French Gendarmerie are to roll out Firefox and Thunderbird across 70,000 and 45,000 seats respectively. The service cited cross-platform compatibility as the major attraction, as it will be followed by further moves towards open source.
Gendarmerie National CIO Général Brachet clearly loves his job:
“It is a great pleasure to see this important project being finally revealed to the general public, and to see Gendarmerie Nationale understand the importance of open source software and web standards,” he said.
“If I had a wish for 2006, it would be to see large users do the same and tell publicly that they use open source projects. It would be a way to give back to these projects something they really need: visibility.”